GIV Fellowship


The GIV Fellowship is a philanthropy internship program. Youth fellows split their time between learning about philanthropy as a cohort and being embedded in host foundations to gain hands-on experience in the sector. Through this process, we seek to achieve the following objectives:

  •  Provide opportunities for youth to discover and explore potential careers in the philanthropic and nonprofit fields;
  •  Improve the ability of the philanthropic sector to meet community needs by including youth voice, expertise, and wisdom in foundation strategies; and
  • Develop a pipeline for youth from communities underrepresented in philanthropy to enter the field.

The GIV Fellowship provides a paid internship opportunity for youth to learn about the philanthropic sector including grantmaking processes, impact investing, the nonprofit field, community engagement and more. The fellowship opportunity is open to youth ages 18-24 who are passionate about making the world a better place. The fellowship will primarily serve youth from communities underrepresented in the field of philanthropy, or otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

Meet the 2022 Fellows

Upcoming Cycles

The GIV Fellowship hosts two remote cycles per year: a Spring cycle (Mid-January to the end of April) and a Fall cycle (Mid-August to Early December). Fellows will be paid $17/hour for 8 hours/week over the 15-week program. Pairs of fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on location and interest. Fellowship will be primarily remote with the possibility of scheduling some in-person time as agreed upon by host foundations and fellows.

Individuals meeting the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:

    • Passionate about making the world a better place
    • Have employment authorization or are a US Citizen
    • Between the ages of 18-24 (must be 18 by the start date)
    • Feel you represent a community underrepresented in the field of philanthropy, or are otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized
    • Be able to commit to 8 hours/week (3-4 scheduled hours, 4-5 flexible hours)

If you are unsure about any of the requirements, just email our Program Manager, Jenn at and ask!


Applications for future cycles will open soon. Fill out the form below to be the first to know when they are open!

Thank you to all of our participating host foundations!

    • AJL Foundation
    • Animal Assistance Foundation
    • Caring for Colorado Foundation
    • Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation
    • Gary Community Investments
    • Gates Family Foundation
    • Johnson Family Foundation
    • Kenneth King Foundation
    • Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
    • RootEd
    • The Colorado Health Foundation


Learn more about serving as a GIV host foundation.


Q: Does the fellowship pay?

A: Yes! Fellows will be paid $17/hour for 8 hours per week for the duration of the fellowship. Total compensation is $2,040.


Q: What is the time commitment?

A: Fellows will work 8 hours/week for 15 weeks (Fall: Mid-August to Early December; Spring: Mid-January – End of April). About half of those hours will be scheduled meetings with your cohort and supervisor (during a typical work day), the other half will be more flexible to fit your schedule.


Q: Do I need to be located in a certain area?

A: Residency requirements will depend on the service areas of participating host foundation. So far we know the program will serve residents across the state of Colorado. For any host foundations that have specific service areas, we will recruit and place fellows from those locations. 


Q: What does “underrepresented in philanthropy” mean?

A: Philanthropy has a loaded and complicated history. The GIV fellowship seeks to prepare youth from communities underrepresented in the philanthropic sector for effective careers in the field. “Underrepresented” may include youth who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, first-generation college students, or living with a disability. It might also mean someone who has had a formative experience that gives them a unique perspective. If you consider your voice to be “underrepresented in philanthropy or decision-making,” just explain why in the application.


Q: I’m a full time student, can I participate?

A: Absolutely! Because the schedule is fairly flexible, you plan the hours around your schedule. Keep in mind that fellows must be available for a 2 hour cohort meeting on Mondays (fellows’ schedule will be taken into account before finalizing the time) and 6 hours per week with your host foundation. Please note any commitments or anticipated schedule conflicts in your application so we can determine the best fit for you and the host foundations.


Q: What kind of work will I do during the fellowship?

A: The fellowship is a deep dive into the operations of foundations. You’ll learn all about what goes into reviewing grant applicants and selecting grantees, foundation finances and programming, and critiques and innovation in the field of philanthropy. You’ll finish the fellowship by completing a capstone project with your host foundation.


Q: Do I have to be a US Citizen?

A: No, you don’t need to be a citizen, but you do need to be legally eligible to work in the US. DACA recipients and anyone with employment authorization are welcome and encouraged to apply.


Q: Can I choose which foundation I intern with?

A: Fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on their location and funding areas of interest. Please select all areas that you are interested in working on in your application. Final placement will be at the discretion of YouthRoots and the host foundation(s).  


Q: I’d love to spend some time at the office. Does it have to be all remote?

A: If students and foundations both agree to arrange for some hours at the office, that’s great! Transportation support (mileage, bus passes, etc.) will be arranged on an ad-hoc basis as needs arise. This is completely voluntary as circumstances may prevent Fellows from traveling to their host foundation office.


Q: What materials do I need to participate?

A: Fellows will be provided with all of the information they need to know about their host foundation and the work they will be doing at the start of the fellowship. Because the fellowship is remote, fellows will need access to a device (tablet, computer, etc) and the internet. There’s space in the application for you to let us know if you don’t have access to a device and internet (this will not impact your application).

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If you’re interested in future opportunities to participate, fill out the form below!

A special thank you to Gates Family Foundation for their commitment to youth voice and helping develop the GIV Fellowship from the ground up.

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